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Sympathy - Poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar

I know what the caged bird feels, alas!
When the sun is bright on the upland slopes;
When the wind stirs soft through the springing grass,
And the river flows like a stream of glass;
When the first bird sings and the first bud opes,
And the faint perfume from its chalice steals--
I know what the caged bird feels!

I know why the caged bird beats his wing
Till its blood is red on the cruel bars;
For he must fly back to his perch and cling
When he fain would be on the bough a-swing;
And a pain still throbs in the old, old scars
And they pulse again with a keener sting--
I know why he beats his wing!

I know why the caged bird sings, ah me,
When his wing is bruised and his bosom sore,--
When he beats his bars and he would be free;
It is not a carol of joy or glee,
But a prayer that he sends from his heart's deep core,
But a plea, that upward to Heaven he flings--
I know why the caged bird sings!


Comments about Sympathy by Paul Laurence Dunbar

  • Rookie saraf (6/12/2018 5:46:00 PM)

    when the poet says but a plea and upwards to heaven he flings, well in other words what can flings replace as/? ? ? ? ? / (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Sarah (4/24/2018 9:55:00 PM)

    Great poem, I see Mr Dunbar, working as a elevator boy, inside this steel cage, waiting and praying, sending a song straight from his heart to God, just as David did while watched his sheep in the fields. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,976 Points Kshirod Kumar Dehury (12/4/2017 7:26:00 AM)

    i love this poem, thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Sympathy

  1. 1. Sympathy , Paul Laurence Dunbar
  2. 2. Sympathy , Rabindranath Tagore
  3. 3. Sympathy , Emma Lazarus
  4. 4. Sympathy , Emily Jane Brontë
  5. 5. A Pocketful Of Sympathy , Alison Cassidy
  6. 6. Accept My Sympathy , Sylvia Chidi
  7. 7. Sympathy , Eileen Myles
  8. 8. Sympathy , Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  9. 9. Whimper Of Sympathy , George Meredith
  10. 10. If You Give Me Sympathy Right Now , maggie oke
  11. 11. Sympathy , Henry David Thoreau
  12. 12. Why I Sympathy You [1] , Irvan Hermawan Saichu
  13. 13. Why I Sympathy You [2] , Irvan Hermawan Saichu
  14. 14. Have My Sympathy, Squirrel , NHIEN NGUYEN MD
  15. 15. Learned Helplessness Sympathy Syndrome , Terence George Craddock (aft ..
  16. 16. Sympathy , Gangadharan nair Pulingat..
  17. 17. Without Donated Sympathy , Lawrence S. Pertillar
  18. 18. Sympathy For God , Aldo Kraas
  19. 19. In Sympathy Melt - For Jen Walls , C. P. Sharma
  20. 20. Sympathy Symphony , RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  21. 21. Empathy And Sympathy. , Bazi alis Subrata Ray
  22. 22. Sympathy , Vishesh Bohre
  23. 23. She Does Deserve Great Sympathy , Francis Duggan
  24. 24. Sympathy , Robert William Service
  25. 25. Façade Of Sympathy , Trade Martin
  26. 26. If You Want My Sympathy For Him , Aldo Kraas
  27. 27. Sympathy... , hazem al jaber
  28. 28. S/Haiku ... Playboy Sympathy? , Ken e Hall
  29. 29. Tea For Sympathy , Maria Sudibyo
  30. 30. Sympathy , George MacDonald
  31. 31. I Have No Sympathy For You , Ronell Warren Alman
  32. 32. Sympathy Is Not Given , Lawrence S. Pertillar
  33. 33. In Sympathy In Pain , Seema Chowdhury
  34. 34. They Don'T Have Any Sympathy For Me , Aldo Kraas
  35. 35. ##32 (Vivekananda) Sympathy For Untouch.. , Rajaram Ramachandran
  36. 36. Sympathy , Pradip Chattopadhyay
  37. 37. Symbiosis Sympathy Sought , Terence George Craddock (aft ..
  38. 38. Sympathy Waves , Rm.Shanmugam Chettiar.
  39. 39. Symphony Of Sympathy , Crow thepoet
  40. 40. Deepest Sympathy , RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  41. 41. Feeling Sympathy For Baby Cobra! , Dr.V.K. Kanniappan
  42. 42. Sympathy , Edgar Albert Guest
  43. 43. With All The Sympathy , Hasmukh Amathalal
  44. 44. Eating Sympathy , Terence George Craddock (Spe ..
  45. 45. Politics, Image, Disaster And Expressed .. , Lawrence S. Pertillar
  46. 46. Sympathy Is Worse Than Death , Nikhil Parekh
  47. 47. Have My Sympathy , Edward Kofi Louis
  48. 48. '' Sympathy For Us Is Rare '' , Bri Mar
  49. 49. Save Your Sympathy , Francis Duggan
  50. 50. No Sympathy , Gajanan Mishra
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